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Worrisome deviation by the polisario towards organized crime in Sahel-Saharan region, Jeune Afrique.

Summary: Paris - The involvement of the polisario network in drug trafficking in the Sahel-Saharan region is worrying all the more so because its former soldiers joined Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in the region, wrote weekly newsmagazine "Jeune Afrique" in its latest issue.

Paris - The involvement of the polisario network in drug trafficking in the Sahel-Saharan region is worrying all the more so because its former soldiers joined Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in the region, wrote weekly newsmagazine "Jeune Afrique" in its latest issue.

Recalling the dismantling by the Mauritanian and Malian forces of a drug trafficking network led by people from the polisario-run Tindouf camps, it underlined that this deviation towards organized crime started in the beginning of the nineties, after the Sahara's ceasefire was declared. The newsmagazine highlighted the obvious links between the polisario's leaders and AQIM, stressing that some of them, like Omar Sid'Ahmad Ould Hamma and El-Kouiry Ould Ney joined the group of Mokhtar Belmokhtar, one of the Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's emirs. It said that Sixty Sahrawi former soldiers have joined AQIM which considers them as experienced recruits due to their training.

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Date:Dec 26, 2010
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